December 21, 2018


Photo by Mark Shannon

The Calgary Stampeders have signed four members of their 2018 draft class – offensive lineman David Brown, kicker Gabe Ferraro, defensive back Dagogo Maxwell and running back Atlee Simon.

All four players attended training camp with the Stamps in 2018 – with Ferraro, Maxwell and Simon all seeing action during the pre-season – before returning to university.

Here is more information on the players:

David Brown
Offensive lineman
College: Western
Height: 6.04
Weight: 298
Born: July 11, 1994

Brown played five seasons at the University of Western Ontario and was a three-time Ontario University Athletics all-star and a first-team all-Canadian in both 2017 and 2018. In 2018, he was part of a Mustangs offence that led the Ontario University Athletics with 271.6 rushing yards per game. Brown was a member of Western’s Vanier Cup-winning team in 2017.

Gabe Ferraro
College: Guelph
Height: 5.09
Weight: 183
Born: Oct. 13, 1995

Ferraro is the all-time leader in Ontario University Athletics history with 91 field goals. He earned OUA first-team all-star honours in 2018 as he accounted for 86 points on 22 field goals on 31 attempts and 20 extra points on 21 tries. He played 36 games over five seasons at Guelph and accumulated 379 points, converting 91 of 117 field goals and 106 of 109 extra points. Ferraro also punted the ball 242 times for 8,851 yards (an average of 36.6 yards). He set an Ontario conference single-season record with 33 field goals in 2017 and earned first-team all-star honours.

Dagogo Maxwell
Defensive back
College: UBC
Height: 5.10
Weight: 197
Born: Sept. 24, 1996

Maxwell originally enrolled at the University of Calgary and spent two seasons at receiver. He then transferred to UBC and made the switch to defensive back. In 2017 for the Thunderbirds, he posted 52 total defensive tackles, one tackle for loss, seven knockdowns and one interception. He also returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown and was selected to the U Sports East West Bowl. In 2018, he played two games and recorded 10.5 tackles.

Maxwell is an alumnus of Calgary’s St. Francis High School.

Atlee Simon
Running back
College: Regina
Height: 5.10
Weight: 203
Born: Jan. 5, 1996

Simon played five seasons at Regina and is the Rams’ all-time leading rusher with 3,295 yards. He was a Canada West all-star in 2017 as he finished the season with 914 rushing yards and three touchdowns while also catching 27 passes for 293 yards and three majors. In 2018, he averaged 6.4 yards per carry with 352 yards on 55 rushing attempts. Simon had 31 combined rushing and receiving touchdowns with the Rams.